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The Guthrie Theater Announces Its Upcoming Line-up and Events For Tourists

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The Guthrie is a great place to experience the natural beauty of autumn in the Midwest! Whether enjoying a pre-show cocktail on the 178-foot cantilever bridge overlooking the Mississippi River, or enjoying the warm glow of the amber glass boxed lobby of the Dowling Studio, travelers will find many spots to view the fall colors of the surrounding Minneapolis landscape in this inviting and architecturally stunning destination, lauded as "a 21st century dream factory" by Time magazine.

PRODUCTION NEWS

Canadian-born actress Linda Thorson (Tara King in the British television show The Avengers) will lead the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell, with 2007 University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduate John Skelley as Algernon Moncrieff and 2005 Juilliard graduate Nick Mennell as Jack Worthing. Full casting for the production, which will be directed by Joe Dowling and performed September 12 - November 8 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage, will be announced shortly. The production begins rehearsals Tuesday, August 18.

Guthrie director Joe Dowling, known throughout Ireland and the United States as a preeminent director and scholar of Brian Friel's work, will honor the legendary Irish playwright's 80th birthday by returning to his acting roots to play the title role in Faith Healer, playing October 17 - December 6 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Haunted by shared memories, faith healer Frank Hardy, his wife Grace and talent manager Teddy each relay their own version of a single story and how they are ultimately broken by a final, fatal event. Dowling will take to the stage opposite Guthrie favorites Sally Wingert (Third) and Raye Birk (A Christmas Carol).

Tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated Guthrie WorldStage Series and Walker Art Center presentation of Druid Ireland's production of The Walworth Farce (October 21 - 25 at the Walker Art Center) through the Walker Art Center box office at 612.375.7600 or online at www.walkerart.org. The remarkable play by Enda Walsh combines hilarious moments with shocking realism as it delivers an achingly tender insight into what happens when we become stuck in the stories will tell ourselves about our lives.

The Guthrie's 35th annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (November 19 - December 31 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage) will receive a new 90-minute, no intermission adaptation by Barbara Field this holiday season, with Gary Gisselman returning to direct the classic for his ninth consecutive season and legendary stage and screen actor Peter Michael Goetz playing Ebenezer Scrooge. Goetz, who is currently playing Herbert Soppitt in J.B. Priestley's When We Are Married, is no stranger to the Guthrie's perennial holiday classic, having first appeared in the theater's original adaptation as Charles Dickens - a role he performed from 1975-1978 - and later returning to play Scrooge in 2001, 2002 and 2003 under the direction of Gisselman.

FOR GUTHRIE RESTAURANT, "CHANGE" IS GOOD

Sea Change, the new restaurant located on the theater's first floor, has opened to rave reviews. As one of the most recognized and respected chefs in the Upper Midwest Chef Tim McKee (winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest) offers a menu of sustainable seafood, highlighting fisheries that use environmentally responsible methods of gathering and farming seafood. Reservations can be made online or by calling 612.225.6499.

NOW PLAYING

July 4 - August 30, 2009
When We Are Married
J.B. Priestley's romantic farce
on Wurtele Thrust Stage

July 21 - September 6, 2009
Ella
a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

PLAN AHEAD: PRODUCTIONS

September 12 - November 8, 2009
The Importance of Being Earnest
Wurtele Thrust Stage

September 17 - October 4, 2009
A Jon Ferguson Theater production of
Super Monkey
Dowling Studio

October 8 - 18, 2009
A Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater production of
Tales from the Book of Longing
Dowling Studio

October 17 - December 6, 2009
Faith Healer
McGuire Proscenium Stage

October 22 - November 8, 2009
An Interact Theater production of
Northern Lights/Southern Cross:
Tales from the Other Side of the World
Dowling Studio

November 19 - December 31, 2009
35th Anniversary Production of
A Christmas Carol
Wurtele Thrust Stage

PLAN AHEAD: CONCERTS

October 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Marianne Faithful
$40.50 - $42.50, now on sale
Wurtele Thrust Stage

October 19 @ 7:30 p.m.
Joe Bonamassa
$35 - $50, now on sale
Wurtele Thrust Stage

December 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
$48.50, now on sale
Wurtele Thrust Stage

MORE TRAVEL RESOURCES

Visit us online at www.guthrietheater.org/visit for more information about planning a trip to the Guthrie

Address
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

Getting Here
The Guthrie is located in downtown Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Parking is available in the ramp on South 2nd Street directly across from the Guthrie and in numerous parking lots throughout the neighborhood. Visitors will find the nearest light rail train station (Downtown East/Metrodome Station) just 4 blocks south of the Guthrie.

Box Office Phone
612.377.2224 or 1.877.44.STAGE (toll-free)

TTY
612.377.6626 (for patrons who are Deaf)

Group Sales
612.225.6244 or 1.866.80.GROUP (toll-free)


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